The Honorable Ronald M. Whyte was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California by President George Bush and took his oath of office on March 2, 1992. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, Judge Whyte served as Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California for Santa Clara County, appointed by Governor George Deukmejian in 1989.
From 1977-1989 he was a member of the law firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones and Appel, Inc., in San Jose, California, with extensive trial experience. From 1971-1977 he was an associate with the same firm handling civil litigation matters in the state and federal courts. Judge Whyte served as Lieutenant, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Naval Reserve from 1968-1971 where he prosecuted and defended Naval and Marine personnel at Special and General Courts-Martial. He also served as a Military Judge at Special Courts-Martial and presided at many jury and non-jury trials.
In addition, Judge Whyte has lectured for the Federal Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar, The Rutter Group, the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, the State Bar of California and other organizations on various subjects including patent law, trial practice, civil procedure, law and motion, judicial arbitration and governmental tort liability.
Judge Whyte is also the recipient of the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association's Judge of the Year Award (1992). He is a member of the State Bar of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Santa Clara County Bar Association; and Federal Judges Association.